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Cryan's Closes, Million Moms Chalk and Turtleback Zoo Turns 50 Top County News

Each week Patch highlights some of the top headlines from around Essex County.

Cryan's Beef and Ale House, the popular South Orange bar and restaurant that was a South Orange mainstay for 30 years, announced it had closed its doors effective Jan. 1, according to a recent Twitter posting.

One Million Moms for Gun Control has brought their messages to the streets and sidewalks of South Orange and Maplewood, chalking slogans on sidewalks aroun the community.

Verona Court Clerk: Cirilo DWI Trial Postponed Again

West Orange council president's Wednesday trial reset for Jan. 16 at 5 p.m., according to Municipal Court Administrator Jean DePoe.

Teens Struck by Car on New Year's Eve

Two teenage girls were victims of a hit and run on New Year's Eve, according to West Caldwell Police.

West Orange Man Fatally Shot in Newark

A 22-year-old West Orange man was fatally shot early Monday morning, according to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Newark Police Director Samuel A. DeMaio.

Turtleback Zoo Marks 50 Years in 2013

This "local gem" marks half a century of education and entertainment.

New Bill Proposes Harsher Penalties for Child-Porn Offenders

New Jersey may soon be dishing out more severe penalties to child-pornography offenders, when State Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) introduces a bill to the State Senate.

A 21-year-old Newark man was arrested Dec. 29 in Bloomfield for impersonating a police officer and carrying an arsenal of guns and bullets — including hollow-point bullets — in his car, according to police. 

Missing Verona Man Reported to Police

A Verona man, last heard from by his Montclair parents on Dec. 12, has been reported missing, according to police. 

Cars Left With Keys Inside Stolen in the Caldwells

Police say two SUVS were taken from one North Caldwell driveway, a Mercedes-Benz that was left running was stolen in West Caldwell.

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